Friday, May 23, 2008

Weekly Trailers

Ten Nights of Dreams - Kon Ichikawa, Takashi Shimizu, etc. (2006)

Directors as diverse as the legendary Kon Ichikawa (Tokyo Olympiad) to the zany Yudai Yamaguchi (Battlefield Baseball) bring to life the strange dream stories of famed Japanese author (and the man on the ¥1,000 note) Natsume Sōseki. Starring Erika Toda, Kenichi Matsuyama and Sadao Abe amongst others.

Midareru (a.k.a. Yearning) - Mikio Naruse (1964)

Another classic Naruse film. Hideko Takamine stars as a war widow who after having literally rebuilt her family's small grocery store after the bombing of Tokyo must now save it from destrcuction again, this time from competition from a new supermarket. She's helped by her wayward brother-in-law played by Yuzo Kayama (famous for the Wakadaishô series of films), but finds that the more they struggle to keep their store afloat the more their feelings for each other grow.

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